Guide on How You Can Do Your Part to Help Preserve the Environment
Part 5 Your Food
Let us begin with a happy Earth Week 2010, Earth Month, and Earth Day, and yesterday especially, happy 40th anniversary Earth Day! WE have come a long ways from that first Earth Day in 1970, but we still have quite a ways to go. This week we are celebrating Earth Week, and Thursday was the 40th anniversary of Earth Day so we began a 5 part Earth Week 2010 Special Report How To Preserve The Environment. Today’s feature is about your food, and gives you some ideas on home to make your food choices more eco friendly. We hope you gain some insight as to how to protect your environment and can pass some of that along to your neighbors, friends and family to help spread the message this Earth Week, and especially on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
For those who are concerned about protecting the environment, it can be frustrating trying to encourage legislation or other governmental action in this day and age. Environmentalists are often left asking, What can I do? Motivating others can be both challenging and rewarding, but even this starts out on an individual basis. This is good news for all you natural born leaders! If you desire to protect the environment, you can rest assured that your efforts will not be fruitless, nor are you helpless. You can do something alone, and it does make a difference. If you have ever wondered what you, personally, can do to help protect your environment, here are some useful thoughts, ideas, and inspirations for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day 2010 this Earth Week 2010.
Earth Week Special Report How To Preserve The Environment Part 5 Your Food
Now that we have discussed some of the general basics, let’s talk about your close environment – your food. What are some things you can do in your immediate area to preserve your environment?
This was touched on above, but the issue of food deserves its own section in any discussion of environmental protection.
Here are some things to keep in mind with regard to your eating habits and the environment.
1. Avoid GMFs, or Genetically Modified Foods.
These may or may not be harmful to the environment or our health, but the point is that we do not know. Be careful with GMFs and anything containing them, and go for whole, fresh foods that have not had their genes altered for a particular commercial purpose.
2. Grow Your Own
This concept ties in with your community and neighborhood. If you grow your own food, you will probably have surpluses to share, thus forging community relationships and inspiring others to do the same. Growing your own food is economical for you and has the potential to help your local economy as well – you can sell your produce locally.
Some consider the eating of meat to be inherently damaging to the environment. But this is not necessarily so. Depending on where you live, consuming locally hunted meat can actually be a boost for the environment. For example, if you live in an area where deer populations can get so big that deer starve and property gets damaged, consuming venison actually helps protect the environment by keeping deer numbers under control.
As for commercially available or store-bought meat, look for grass-fed and free-range meats. Even better, buy meat directly from a local farmer.
Dairy products are also best bought locally. Buying organic dairy products from the store is the next best choice.
5. Keep Chickens
There is an urban chicken-keeping movement afoot, and for good reason. Chickens are fun and easy to keep, and your neighborhood and community will enjoy your surplus eggs. Keeping your own chickens is also a step toward lessening the necessity for large chicken farms with environmentally dubious practices.
The Bigger Picture
Everything you do locally to protect your environment reverberates outward to include the environment at large. Simply adopting a lifestyle that has environmental protection in general as its main goal is a good outlook. Begin to think green in all you do, and the specific actions will follow. You will find yourself automatically grabbing your cloth bags to go shopping, looking for “green” gifts for your friends, and making travel plans with the smallest carbon footprint. You will think before you landscape and every time you buy food or other items. As you think green, you will act green, and others will see your example and be inspired to protect their local environment.
We hope that our Earth Week 2010 Special Report How To Preserve The Environment Part 5 Your Food has helped in your bid to reduce your negative impact on the environment and you will refer or inform friends during this 40th anniversary of Earth Day and please remember to keep your yard and garden green! Happy Earth Day!
That wraps up our Earth Week 2010 Special Report How To Preserve The Environment, and we hope you will pass this along to friends, family, neighbors and anyone you may think will benefit from this report. Thanks again for visiting with us and have a great Earth Week and happy 40th anniversary Earth Day!